16 April 2008 Remote operation of the Black Knight unmanned ground combat vehicle
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The Black Knight is a 12-ton, C-130 deployable Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV). It was developed to demonstrate how unmanned vehicles can be integrated into a mechanized military force to increase combat capability while protecting Soldiers in a full spectrum of battlefield scenarios. The Black Knight is used in military operational tests that allow Soldiers to develop the necessary techniques, tactics, and procedures to operate a large unmanned vehicle within a mechanized military force. It can be safely controlled by Soldiers from inside a manned fighting vehicle, such as the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Black Knight control modes include path tracking, guarded teleoperation, and fully autonomous movement. Its state-of-the-art Autonomous Navigation Module (ANM) includes terrain-mapping sensors for route planning, terrain classification, and obstacle avoidance. In guarded teleoperation mode, the ANM data, together with automotive dials and gages, are used to generate video overlays that assist the operator for both day and night driving performance. Remote operation of various sensors also allows Soldiers to perform effective target location and tracking. This document covers Black Knight's system architecture and includes implementation overviews of the various operation modes. We conclude with lessons learned and development goals for the Black Knight UGCV.
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Jean-Sebastien Valois, Jean-Sebastien Valois, Herman Herman, Herman Herman, John Bares, John Bares, David P. Rice, David P. Rice, "Remote operation of the Black Knight unmanned ground combat vehicle", Proc. SPIE 6962, Unmanned Systems Technology X, 69621A (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782109; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.782109


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